DIY Table Setting Ideas for Dining Alfresco

Whether dining at sunset or in the afternoon you will love these DIY table setting ideas.  These impromptu table decor ideas and menu for Dining Alfresco (outside) begins with inspiration from nature. Shades of green creates a natural color scheme for this easy to entertain table scape. The table is set for four with butcher paper bands as a table runner with chalk painted names at each place setting. Your guests will love the fresh rhododendron leaf chargers and pocket napkin fold at each place setting. For a simple centerpiece serve a colorful main dish “Rustic Caprese Galette” Check out all of these DIY ideas, recipes and more.

Dining Alfresco Table Decor Ideas

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How to Set the Table| Rhododendron Leaf Chargers

At each setting hand-crafted rhododendron leaf rounds serve as the charger for the white dinner plate and solid green napkin fold.  Eating utensils are held together in one place inside the simple folded napkin that compliments the living green charger. Assigned seating can be noted with individual names written with a chalk paint pen.

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How to Make a Leaf Placemat

Begin the process with a large 20″ round brown paper circle.  Measure 2″ from outer edge all around the placemat to mark placement of the individual leaves.  See photo pencil marks.  Glue individual leaves with hot glue gun.  Proceed around the outer edge until placemat is complete.  No need to place leaves over the entire paper circle. The two inch line is the placement for the charger.  If you are not using a charger, then you will should do another row of leaves.  The leaves featured in this photo below is lemon leaf, but you can make this placemat with rhododendron, or other medium sized leaves.

How to make Leaf Placemats

Serve Main Course as Centerpiece- Rustic Capresse Galette 

Easy recipe to make for supper.

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As an appetizer and pretty centerpiece, Caprese Galette is served on a large food-safe log slice.  The tomato themed rustic tart provides a colorful focus to the table. Serve the galette on a log slice charger

Fresh Fruit over Vanilla Ice Cream

For Dessert try Fig Balsamic-Tomato, Strawberry & Peach Topping served over vanilla ice cream. Unique flavor as it is sweet and savory, tart and tangy.  The fig balsamic balances the tart and sweet flavors.  Click on link or photo for recipe.

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To help with the ambiance of the evening and to provide soft lighting, glass globes with green peas and tea lights are hanging on branches of a cherry tree. As the sun sets, the tree lights up like fireflies in the darkness of a summer night. This table setting is simple décor that looks to nature for inspiration.

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This dinner party was featured in VIP Seen Magazine. 

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